Waikoloa Beach Resort

Waikoloa Beach Resort

The Gathering Place of the Kohala Coast

Naupaka News

March/April 2013

Celebrate the Spirit, Lavaman 2013

Celebrate the Spirit, Lavaman 2013

The Lavaman, attracting more than 1,500 triathletes, took the plunge into ‘Anaeho‘omalu Bay, with friends and family enthusiastically cheering them on.  This exhilarating sports event charges up the whole resort, as top competitors complete the 1,500-meter ocean swim, 40K bike race and 10K run in championship times.

Chris Leito (41) a pro triathlete who lives part-time in Kona sped across the sandy home stretch to the finish first, at 1:53:55.  First place female winner was Rebecca Sherlock (40) of Vancouver, B.C., with a time of 2:16:07.

Sports fans were treated to a new twist on Lavaman this year, as Hawaii’s own Sunny Garcia and BJ Penn vied for the mixed martial arts fighters’ division—which Garcia won by nearly 5 minutes.  How exciting to have Hawaii Island’s very own Mayor Billy Kenoi finish his second Lavaman Waikoloa, at 3:37:47.  Way to go, Mr. Mayor!

(photo by Hawaii Photoman)